What a wonderful feeling I had today as Karl and I steadily did the tasks at hand! I don’t know why but the Lord was reminding me where I came from and what He had done for me, my family and His ministry (TEM). As I was driving Gabriel I remembered when I was wondering what we were going to do with the youth team coming over and I had no transportation and I get a call from George Truelove (missionary in Haiti) telling me of a military truck for sale. God has provided so many times in my life. Now He is providing us with a mission house and today we picked up ceiling vans for the church, school and mission house. We also got a new generator for the school and one for the mission house. We are even installing air conditioners in February. If it is God’s will, which I truly believe it is, we will have a 2011 Land Cruiser, so I won’t have to work on a vehicle everyday. Just to let some of you know, we only need a little over $12,000 to have it paid for. It should be arriving in Haiti in March. I saw one today just like it out at Samaritan’s Purse. It is really nice. I have been driving a 2½ ton military truck for 10 years and last year we were blessed with a 1992 Ford van, which has got us where we need to go (when God wants us there), but I believe the Lord has seen us persevere through all kinds of difficulties during the last 11 years and is going to bless us. If the Lord puts it on your heart to help us with this need, please let us know.
First thing we did today was go to Pastor Harry’s church and work on Gabriel’s brakes. We got them where they are a lot better now. I feel safer anyway. After this we went out to Global Outreach, which is a ministry that is run by David and Judy Heady. They have been in Haiti for years and help many ministries here. This is the ministry that dug our well in Z’Orange. This gets a little confusing but Global Compassion (from St. Louis) was out at Global Outreach to unload a container from Living Waters Ministry. Living Waters was nice enough to let us put some things on their container to be shipped over and Global Outreach was nice enough to let all of us park a container on their property. I told you this was confusing.
Anyway we received all our ceiling vans, air conditioners, and two generators. We also picked up materials for Pastor Harry’s church. After loading Gabriel we went up to Z’Orange and unloaded everything we needed to and got back to Pastor Harry’s church by about 3:30 p.m. As usual, we were late for supper at Dottie’s but I always call her and she understood. We got in a little before 6 p.m. which was a lot better that last night which was about 7 p.m.
I see why the Lord (Jesus) sent out his disciples in pairs. It has been such a blessing having Karl here with me. There is no doubt God spoke to him about coming and praise the Lord he listens to God. Most of my time here in Haiti I am by myself having to make decisions by myself with no other input. It is wonderful to have someone that can encourage you when things don’t go right, when things cost three times what you were told last month and now you have to explain that to someone who has given you a donation for a project or if you’re just having a bad day. Karl always says he who refreshes others will be refreshed himself. He definitely refreshes me. I am blessed by so many Christian friends.
As I have said many, many times, I am the most blessed man I know. I know what the darkness looks like and I choose to live in the light. God bless you all and thank you for allowing me to be here.